City of Charlotte

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

City And County Budgets

Both Charlotte and Mecklenburg County are in the process of approving a budget for the next fiscal year. City Manager Ron Carlee will join us in the first part of the show to talk about his first recommended budget for the city and what it will mean for citizens inside the city limits. Then we'll be joined by Interim County Manager Bobbie Shields and Budget director Hyong Yi to discuss how the recommended county budget would impact tax payers throughout Mecklenburg County. How will the services the city/ county provide be affected this fiscal year? How will your pocketbook be affected? Find out, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Controversial Street Preacher Loses Case Against Charlotte

A federal judge has cleared the city of Charlotte in a lawsuit brought by controversial Concord preacher Flip Benham and his group "Operation Save America," which demonstrates frequently across the country against abortion and homosexuality.  

Reverend Flip Benham has a big voice, but he's spent seven years fighting the city of Charlotte for the ability to be louder. City ordinance requires demonstrators to stay under 75 decibels when using speakers and amplifiers on public sidewalks.

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Local News
5:17 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Lots Of Fiction Going Around In Charlotte Airport Debate

Many of city's claims are "bluster" regarding Charlotte Airport debt that is paying for a new parking deck, among other improvements.
Credit Julie Rose

 The City of Charlotte is scrambling to keep its grasp on Charlotte Douglas International Airport as a group of state lawmakers and influential local figures move to create a regional authority that would oversee the airport. The city's latest tactic involves sending regular emails to the media to set the record straight on various claims made by airport authority backers. But sometimes even the fact check needs a fact check. 


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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Panthers Stadium Funding Measure Clears State House

A funding plan for Bank of America Stadium renovations has cleared the state House. On Wednesday afternoon, Representative Ruth Samuelson's measure passed with little debate.

"There are no new taxes; there is no new revenues – state or local," said Samuelson, introducing her bill for debate on the House floor. "There are just two new options for the Charlotte City Council – which has joined us here today – to consider."

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Local News
2:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Charlotte Offers Compromise Tax For Panthers, Amateur Sports

The Carolina Panthers have asked Charlotte to contribute about $144 million to a renovation plan for Bank of America Stadium that will cost as much as $300 million.
Credit Flickr/Suzie T

 Charlotte is up to bat again in Raleigh tomorrow on its other big legislative battle – this one to get approval for a tax hike that would help renovate Bank of America Stadium. Lawmakers balked at the city's initial request to double the local restaurant tax for a period of 30 years.  Now the city is offering a compromise.

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Local News
9:13 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Charlotte Offers New Incentive To Build Affordable Housing

The affordable housing incentive will only apply to developments in more affluent neighborhoods (in green) that are also zoned for higher-density.
Credit City of Charlotte

City leaders believe Charlotte has a shortage of housing that's affordable to families making less than $54,000 a year. Monday night, the city council is expected to approve a new zoning ordinance aimed at changing that. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

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Local News
5:10 am
Thu February 7, 2013

As Panthers Seek A Cut, A City Sales Tax Primer

Credit Jennifer Lang / WFAE

The Carolina Panthers say their 17- year old stadium needs an upgrade and they want taxpayers to pitch in. City of Charlotte officials are busy negotiating behind closed doors to come up with as much as half of the $250 million renovation.  They're reportedly looking at doubling the city's tax on prepared foods, such as meals in restaurants. That's not the only local tax Charlotte has used to fund big projects in the past. We asked WFAE's Julie Rose to sort out the sales taxes Charlotte has access to, as this debate over upgrading Bank of America stadium unfolds. 

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Local Politics
4:12 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

In State Of City Address, Foxx Pushes For Streetcar

Mayor Anthony Foxx at City Council chamber, delivering his annual state of the city address.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Mayor Anthony Foxx says the city needs to focus on getting the streetcar and nearly $1 billion capital budget plan approved in order to create more economic opportunities and see Charlotte grow in the future. He spoke at the City Council chamber on Monday morning in an annual state of the city address.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Interest Brewing For Vacant Eastland Mall

An informational meeting for potential buyers and developers of Eastland Mall was held Wednesday morning in a former women's clothing store at the vacant shopping mall.
Julie Rose

Charlotte taxpayers may not know it, but they own a mall.  The city bought Eastland Mall  back in August for $13 million.  When it opened in 1975, it was the largest mall in North Carolina. Then came a decade of steady decline. By 2010 it was completely vacant. WFAE's Julie Rose reports on the latest effort to bring Eastland Mall back to life.

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Local News
4:25 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Uptown Baseball Stadium Now Clear Of Lawsuits

Charlotte City Councilmembers break ground on Knights Stadium Uptown in September 2012.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte Knights baseball stadium now under construction Uptown nearly didn't happen because of Jerry Reese.  He's a local attorney who filed a series of lawsuits to block the stadium deal just as the recession hit and funding for the project became harder to find. Reese has now agreed stop fighting the stadium in court. 

Jerry Reese is not against having a baseball stadium Uptown – he just thinks it should be for a Major League team, rather than a Minor League one like the Charlotte Knights.

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